Information for Editors

1. Overview

BRI is an academic open access company publishing peer reviewed journals. BRI offers three distinct journals: Frontiers in Bioscience-Landmark, Frontiers in Bioscience-Scholar and Frontiers in Bioscience-Elite. Landmark has been constructing the largest peer reviewed "Encyclopedia of Bioscience" since 1996, with the help of over 1000 managing editors supporting the creation of this valuable scientific resource for scientists across the globe. We are committed to providing high-quality and rapid publishing. Our aim is to fulfill the information needs of particular research communities worldwide, and maximize the dissemination of innovative research achievements.


2. Open Access

Starting from 2021, all BRI journal content is available online, and is fully browsable and searchable. All BRI journal papers are published as Open Access articles under the unrestrictive CC-BY license. There are therefore no subscription charges and no charges to access, read, and download articles published in any BRI journal. This means that researchers, students, and interested lay people from anywhere in the world have rapid access to the latest research through BRI journals. Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to pay an Article Publishing Charge (APC) to publish their research in BRI journals. APCs cover the cost of managing the peer review process, professional copy-editing, content management, and website maintenance. BRI also obtains funds from charitable donations, fund raising, and investment.

For authors, Open Access means that articles will have the greatest visibility, discoverability and influence.


3. Editorial Process, Peer-Review and Production

Articles submitted to any BRI journal are subject to strict peer review. BRI operates double-blind peer review (i.e., the authors do not know the reviewers’ identities, and the reviewers do not know the authors’ identities until the paper has been published). BRI uses an online submission system that incorporates online tools for manuscript submission, peer-review and editorial decision making. Reviewers and external editors can complete the tasks assigned to them by logging onto the submission system. Authors can read the "Author Instructions" page on each BRI journal website to prepare and submit their manuscripts.

Once a manuscript is submitted, the submission will be first reviewed by the journal’s editorial office for compliance with provided guidelines for preparation of articles. Articles that do not comply with the guidelines will be sent back to the authors. Once a manuscript passes these initial checks, editors will subsequently coordinate the entire editorial process for the manuscript including overseeing peer review, decision making regarding suitability for publication, soliciting potential author revisions, manuscript acceptance, copyediting, proofreading, and final publication.

Authors may be asked for adequate revisions, with a second round of peer review if necessary, before a final decision regarding publication is made. Apart from exceptional circumstances, we allow a maximum of two rounds of major revision per manuscript. The final decision is made by an academic editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Board Member of a journal or the Guest Editor of a Special Issue).

BRI carries out production on all manuscripts, including language editing, copy editing, and conversion to XML. Language editing is carried out by professional English editing editors.

In BRI journals, Special Issue Guest Editors are required to have their name(s) included on manuscripts they have accepted for publication.


4. Editor-in-Chief Responsibilities

Editor-in-Chief manage the team of authors and editors, determine the look and feel of the publication, decide what to publish and oversee the publication's operations and policies. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for assisting the Editorial Office in the management of the journal, which entails:

Scientific decisions about the journal's scope.

Inviting distinguished scientists to join the Editorial Board.

Working closely with the editors and other Editorial Board members to develop the journal’s editorial vision, policy and practices.

Providing expertise, advice, and assessment assistance to the editors.

Along with the publisher, the Editorial Board members are responsible for timely publishing the accepted articles.

The Editor-in-Chief position is honorary. As a reward for their efforts, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Our journal produces and issues editor's certificate for Editor-in-Chief.

Editor-in-Chief are entitled to 10 free publications per year, and other articles over 5 can enjoy a 50% discount on publishing fee.

The initial term for the Editor-in-Chief position is one year and can be renewed.


5. Associate Editor Responsibilities

Create the Editorial Board. The Publisher authorize Associate editor to select members of the Editorial Board in cooperation with the Publisher.

Support scope and direction of this journal by fulfilling the duties of an associate editor.

Promoting the journal to authors and readers, and soliciting or contributing high quality manuscripts each year.

Responsible for timely publishing the accepted articles along with the publisher.

Establish procedures to help maintain Journal quality, identify errors and problems, detect trends that reflect deterioration in quality, and in collaboration with the Publisher implement corrective actions as needed.

Working closely with the editors and other Editorial Board Members to develop the journal’s editorial vision, policy and practices.

The initial term for the Associate Editor position is one year and can be renewed.


6. Editorial Board Member Responsibilities

An Editorial Board Member will be asked to:

Support scope and direction of this journal by fulfilling the duties of a member of the editorial board.

Work closely with the editors and other Editorial Board members to develop the journal’s editorial vision, policy and practices.

Provid expertise, advice, and assessment assistance to the editors.

Promot the journal to authors and readers, and soliciting or contribute high quality manuscripts each year (these manuscripts are published free of charge).

Assist the editors in identifying potential reviewers.

Along with the publisher, the Editorial Board members are responsible for timely publishing the accepted articles.

Review manuscripts. The quality of your review will be evaluated, which will decided compensation stander for Editorial Board Members.

The initial term for an Editorial Board membership is one year and can be renewed. An Editorial Board member may also step down from the position at any time if he or she feels overloaded by the requests from the journal’s Editorial Office.


7. Guest Editor Responsibility/Guest Editing a Special Issue

We appreciate collaborations with scholars all over the world. Special issues are normally edited by a Guest Editor who invites colleagues from the same research field to contribute an article on a topic within their expertise. The Guest Editor works together with the Editorial Office to prepare a description and keywords for the special issue webpage. Often, the Guest Editor will also write an editorial paper for the special issue. The Guest Editor usually makes decisions on the acceptance of manuscripts submitted to his or her special issue (depending on the journal’s policy—in some cases they may make a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief or Section Editor-in-Chief). Papers belonging to a special issue are published online in the journal immediately after acceptance and collected together on the special issue webpage. This means that there is no delay for authors who submit their work: it will appear shortly after acceptance, even if other papers in the special issue are still being processed. The acceptance or rejection of Guest Editor's own papers will be decided by other guest editors or the Editor-in-Chief or Section Editor-in-Chief.


Last updated: 01 January 2021